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Keywords:

  • diode laser;
  • ethnic skin;
  • laser hair removal;
  • Nd:YAG laser;
  • pseudofolliculitis barbae

ABSTRACT:  Before the advent of longer wavelengths, longer pulse durations and more efficient cooling devices, laser-assisted hair removal was best suited for phototypes I–III with dark terminal hairs. Now, laser-assisted hair removal can be performed safely and efficaciously on darker skin types. The long-pulsed diode and Nd:YAG-wavelength-based laser systems are best suited to safely and effectively treat patients with darker skin types. By using conservative fluences, longer pulse durations and multiple treatments, safe and effective laser-assisted hair removal is possible for darker skin types. Patients with darker skin who suffer from hirsutism, hypertrichosis, and pseudofolliculitis barbae can finally be treated safely and effectively.